Best Over Ear Headphones 2021: Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, & More!

Best Over Ear Headphones 2021: Bose, Sony, Sennheiser, & More!

David and David tell you about the best over-ear headphones of 2021. This is a six month follow-up to our previous review.

We read your comments and added tested several new pairs of over-ear headphones, including the Shure Aonic 50, Wyze Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, Microsoft Surface Headphones 2, and Sennheiser Momentum Wireless.

Despite testing several new pair headphones, three from our first round of reviews continued to stand out from the pack.

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1. Introduction [0:00]
2. We heard you! [0:07]
3. Why you can trust our reviews [0:20]
4. Songs we used for testing & what we listened for [0:26]
5. Apple AirPods Max: Review highlights [0:46]
6. AKG K371-BT: Review highlights [1:19]
7. Anker Soundcore Life Q30: Review highlights [1:53]
8. Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC: Review highlights [2:25]
9. Bose Noise Cancelling 700: Review highlights [3:02]
10. House Of Marley Exodus: Review highlights [3:39]
11. JBL Tour One: Review highlights [4:16]
12. Koss BT540i: Review highlights [4:47]
13. Microsoft Surface Headphones 2: Review highlights [5:20]
14. Sennheiser HD 450BT: Review highlights [5:55]
15. Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: Review highlights [6:27]
16. Shure Aonic 50: Review highlights [7:03]
17. Sony WH-1000XM4: Review highlights [7:37]
18. Wyze Active Noise Cancelling Headphones: Review highlights [8:14]
19. Introduction: Best Over-Ear Headphones Of 2021 [8:49]
20. #3 Best: Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT [8:55]
21. #2 Best: Sony WH-1000XM4 [9:34]
22. #1 Best Over-Ear Headphones Of 2021: Bose Noise Cancelling 700 [10:24]
23. Dishonorable Mention: Apple AirPods Max [11:10]
24. Introduction: The Worse Over-Ear Headphones Of 2021 [11:55]
25. David P.’s #3 Worst: Sennheiser HD 450BT [11:59]
26. David L.’s #3 Worst: Wyze Active Noise Cancelling Headphones [12:27]
27. David P.’s #2 Worst: Wyze Active Noise Cancelling Headphones [12:36]
28. David L.’s #2 Worst: House Of Marley Exodus [13:04]
29. David P.’s #1 Worst: House Of Marley Exodus [13:33]
30. David L.’s #1 Worst: Skullcandy Crusher Wireless [13:47]
31. Dishonorable Mention: Bowers & Wilkins PX7 [14:31]
32. Dishonorable Mention: JBL Tour One [14:44]
33. Dishonorable Mention: Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC [15:11]

How to buy these over-ear headphones:
🎧 Apple AirPods Max from Best Buy:
🎧 Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT: (Amazon)
🎧 Beats Studio3: (Amazon)
🎧 Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: (Amazon)
🎧 Bose QuietComfort 35 II: (Amazon)
🎧 Bose SoundLink Over-Ear Wireless Headphones: (Amazon)
🎧 Sony WH-1000XM4: (Amazon)
🎧 Shure Aonic 50: (Amazon)
🎧 Wyze ANC Headphones: (Amazon)
🎧 Microsoft Surface 2 Headphones: (Amazon)
🎧 Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless: (Amazon)
🎧 Sennheiser 450BT: (Amazon)
🎧 AKG K371-BT: (Amazon)
🎧 House Of Marley Exodus: (Amazon)
🎧 Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC: (Amazon)
🎧 Anker Soundcore Life Q30: (Amazon)
🎧 Koss BT540i: (Amazon)
🎧 JBL Tour One: (Amazon)

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Tracks We Used For Testing:
🎵 “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk — Pristine, well-recorded track: Overall clarity, space
🎵 “Jack Of Speed” by Steely Dan — Pristine, well-recorded track: Overall quality, 3D space
🎵 “Weird Fishes” by Radiohead/Noordpool Orchestra — Wide Dynamic Range: Clarity from loud to soft & “big” soundstage
🎵 “Tin Pan Alley” by Stevie Ray Vaughan — Wide Dynamic Range: Clarity from soft to loud & “live” sound
🎵 “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson — Bass: Makes you want to move but not overpowering
🎵 “Morning” by Beck — Bass: Not too much or too little (Goldilocks zone)
🎵 “Brass Monkey” by Beastie Boys — Bass: Powerful but doesn’t get muddy / rumbly
🎵 “Waterwheel” by Kronos Quartet — Dynamic range & space: Sounds like sound is coming from outside your head

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  1. Lat P on March 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm


  2. Derek Horsburgh on March 27, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for the honest review

  3. EvilClivƎ on March 27, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    "Best over ear" and all Bluetooth makes this an instant dislike for me. Typical techtuber sound ignorance

  4. Al J Vásquez on March 27, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Concise and straight to the point, this is the type of reviews i want to check everytime i want to know about the sound quality of headphones.

  5. Horst Horstmann on March 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I’m looking for new headphones and was thinking of wireless because my phone doesn’t provide an audio jack anymore and using an adapter gives me a really hard time, especially in terms of usability. However, I was very surprised to find out that basically all wireless headphones have a microphone attached. That’s something that I definitely don’t want. Instead, all I want is high quality audio without any "assistant" listening to me when walking through the woods with Pantera on my ears… If this niche exists, I’d be really happy if anyone could point me into a direction here. Also I’d be pretty sad that I have to call it a niche in the first place… However, I much appreciate the effort you are taking in making those videos, so thank you guys!

  6. Hawkster52 on March 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I really have loved my Anker headphones. BUT the build quality is atrocious, they are 100% correct on them not holding up. I’m on my second pair (Anker sent me a replacement pair for free) and yesterday they just shattered around one of the ear cups. Absolutely no way to salvage them. I’m toying with the idea of trying to get a third pair or just giving up.

  7. Philip Adams on March 27, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    There’s only one headphone worth listening to – audio technica mx50 or Bluetooth version

  8. Payette Forward on March 27, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    🎧 Check out our latest over-ear headphones reviews, updated for 2022:

  9. Peaz Podz on March 27, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Why are there no wired?

  10. Chris Schafer on March 27, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    You should add wireless to the title. These are all crappy ANC headphones. The Bose and Sony are servicable. Otherwise this is all junk there are a ton of better cheaper wired options.

  11. Mr. WANTED on March 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Dude this channel should have at least 5M subscribers. Very professional 🤩
    Keep up the good work ♥️

  12. Calvin McDonald on March 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    I have a pair of Brookstone smart touch speakers and they are awesome

  13. Poopymane on March 27, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    lol these are all trash other than the sennheisers

  14. Alex Saad on March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Those Sony WH1000XM4s are junk…I’m watching this cause after 1.5 years of medium use, the right earcup broke completely so now it’s just hanging from a wire…

  15. Fernando Queiroz Popovic on March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    None of them are what I’m looking for or even in the working man price range but thank you for your review now I know what NOT to look for and what is considerd good (not Apple of course)

  16. Will Delaney on March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Those r the best bluetooth and the actual best pair isn’t there, skull candy crushers, but they’re just underpowered junk with acouple features

  17. Melihşah on March 27, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    i feel really horrible when i think about the exchange rate my country has

  18. Ah How ah on March 27, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Good Honest reviews.. I LIke it. I don’t like reviews where only the good parts are mentioned.

  19. Raha Enayatshoar on March 27, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Can you review Status Flagship ANC please?

  20. Jacob Liu on March 27, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    surprised to see bowers PX7 in the bad list, it is definitely one of the best sounded wireless headphone. i like it more than my momentum and 1000xm3

  21. Omar O_O on March 27, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Please send me one of them. I couldn’t afford.

  22. Jevo Groni on March 27, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    I clocked a billion hours on the sonys. Noise cancelling and sound are good. But, 1. hate the touch setting and buttons. unreliable, slow, annoying compared to real switches. had to disable all the gestures. and just control it via phone. 2. terrible mic. people will complain they can’t understand you. worse than a cheap mic. can’t use. 3. super hot! you’ll sweat if it’s not cool weather. 4. spontaneously broke headband. albeit after a billion hours. tiny piece of plastic snaps for no reason now my expensige headphones are unusable. not a fan.

  23. MostOfTheInternetIsFake on March 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    what do you guys think of the Mx40’s ?

  24. alo jim on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm


  25. Joyce Lachman on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    First time passing through and decided to stop by and listen to the view on different kind of head phones. Good job 👍

  26. MrEtc31265 on March 27, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I was wondering if you had tested any of the headphones touch capacity or navigation?
    I would like headphones that allow me to somewhat control Youtube.

  27. K W on March 27, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    The best sounding headphones Bose and Sony ?? Guys, please visit a doctor, there must be something seriously wrong with your ears…

  28. Brendon Wheeler on March 27, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    I wanted a pair of good quality wireless headphones I could use with my Sony TV and my computer for playing games and listening to music, after reading and watching comparison reviews like this one I decided to go against my instinct and go for the more expensive and like this video the number one choice of the Bose 700 …. bad expensive mistake … firstly the sound they produce in all of these areas is fantastic however connectivity with my TV is random and sometimes will not connect no matter what I do, hence I no longer waste my time trying to use these with my TV. Secondly upgrading the firmware through my computer is frustrating, clunky and sometimes takes many attempts to successfully discover no firmware update is available. Thirdly, somewhere between 5 minutes and 3 hours of use the right ear has loud non stop white noise ending whatever activity I am trying to enjoy on my computer. It happened first use after about half an hour so I took them back to the store I purchased them from and when I turned them on in the store the headphones worked fine for five minutes so they refused to replace them or give my money back. I should have gone with my instinct and got the Sony headphones.

  29. Dailyshorts on March 27, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Not mentioning the annoying high volume low battery notification on each one of those headphones is a real crime

  30. Paul on March 27, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    I’m glad to see Bowers & Wilkins PX7 are not here. Im on a second pair of those, twice the left speaker was blown. Switching to Bose.

  31. Will Delaney on March 27, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Blue short man you’d easily miss out on these headphones but what you’d love from it’s of most to good skull candy crusher evo, tuerlebeachelite 800, v-mota crossfade wireless 2(never used em but trust reviews), beats studio2 wireless(but use wire) these all have great bass without sacrificing treble if you’re looking for separation idek if senheiser or Yamaha beats the surround and the stereo modes exelent… they’re not too leisurely… if you’re looking to chatter your teeth with bass get skullcandy crusher evo

  32. FTM JUDAH on March 27, 2022 at 6:42 pm


  33. Edward Cote on March 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    so,wireless headphone reviews,but no mention of bt connectivity ,range or battery life,quick charge,do any of them pause music when you remove them? app support? mf buttons? sorry,but you left no usefull info on this review.wasted 8 grand,and everyones time.

  34. Patrick Mathieu on March 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Hi guys !!! Why not try the B&W px7? I think it’s a solide choice !!

  35. kregex on March 27, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Paul Scholes? Is that you?

  36. jxiro666 on March 27, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Can you do one for gym headphones I’m in the market for some

  37. Apfqls on March 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    guys have you tried comparing
    Sony wh xm4 vs ATH m50xbt2?

  38. Dean Kay on March 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    With some amount of hearing loss after years fixing vehicles, I have stopped listening to music and stick to YouTube and talk radio. Forced into retirement with bad joints I work on project in the garage while not being to concerned w/noise cancellation features. I don’t go anywhere except for parts but I am not shopping the $300 up range either. Is $60 a price that will buy a product that will see some use and not fail after 6 hrs of on time? Remember in the early 70’s / late 60’s sunscreen was call “Dirt.” So I am not picky just some built that will last and work up to 16 feet. Thanks for the time as folks don’t think about a camera, lighting, sound, props or products and editing is work too. So thanks for the info!

  39. BENDIBOM Leung on March 27, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    U should do Skullcandy anc crushers the newest ones

  40. Jianfa Tsai on March 27, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Why not max millions of dollars of profits per day, by using smartphone tech integrate into (works even when charging with cable plugged between phone and portable battery) headphones so irregardless if headphones are bluetooth connect to phone or wired connection, the headphones can cable plugged into portable battery or power board to charge and listen to music at the same time.

  41. Christian Mørk Hansen on March 27, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Any thoughts on Dali IO6??

  42. Thor on March 27, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    I had the Ath m50x, but sold them. I found the highs slightly painful and they were just not fun to listen to.

  43. Min Jung on March 27, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Bose: meanwhile they have added an 3 point euqlizer in the bose music app. For those who think the bass is not enough, you can adjust it there now. same for the mids and high.

  44. Winnie Liu on March 27, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    B&W ear buds given me ear infections, way too powerful for my ears I guess. So sad that their sounds were awesome but hurting my ears if I wear it over 1hr and now I stopped using it ;( I guess B&W just good on their sounds system not ear buds or headphones. Can be very over priced. What you guys think?

  45. noobtube1210 on March 27, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    2:05 That is a very good insight. My soundcore q30’s keep breaking off plastic chips and it is barely hanging in there. I have to be really careful now when putting them on its pretty flimsy.

  46. Zair Herrera on March 27, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Do any of these have any gaming capabilities?

  47. Ahmed Alsaif on March 27, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I really appreciate your hard work gentlemen, the dedication and the passion you put together to make those reviews. I’m new to your channel and now I’m considering myself a fan. even the side talks and jokes are fun and exquisitely spilled.
    The editing and cuts are amazingly smooth.

  48. Black Opal on March 27, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Just spent the last hour looking at headphones going for 5K,6K,7K, 14K! lol Can’t believe how many models in that range. Auzene – nice

  49. Dusko Jovic on March 27, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Hello guys… what about Marshall Monitor II Anc headphones?

  50. wongpantai on March 27, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Still love my ibasso SR2